Good news for Rhode Island's tiniest hearts! The RI Department of Health recently finalized a regulation that adds critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) to the mandatory newborn screening panel in the Ocean State. The new requirement will take effect on July 1, 2015. Implementation is well underway – all birthing hospitals in RI have adopted pulse oximetry screening for CCHD as the standard of care.
The Department of Health has been working with Rhode Island’s birthing hospitals over the past two years on this vital initiative. We greatly appreciate the leadership of the Department and the many physicians, nurses and medical professionals who helped lay a strong foundation for this policy change.
Special thanks to the many You’re the Cure advocates who supported this campaign – especially our Little Heart Heroes and families from Mended Little Hearts of Rhode Island!